Manufacturers and their employees share a mutual goal of a safe, communicative and productive workplace. Collaboration and thoughtful rulemaking between manufacturers and governmental agencies, as well as fairness and balance in our labor law system, are essential to achieving that goal. Unfortunately, in recent years that attitude has not been found in the actions of the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Maintaining the time-tested balance between labor unions and employers is critical to economic growth and job creation. The NLRB, however, has undertaken an aggressive agenda that threaten this balance. Its proposed "quick snap" election rules, its allowing for the formation of “micro unions”, its pending decisions, and its complaint against Boeing could have a more significant impact on manufacturers than the Employee Free Choice Act, which the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) helped defeat in Congress. 

OSHA has pushed forward complex and costly rules without the necessary justification. Additionally, OSHA has proposed a rule that would require publicly reporting workplace incidents without any context for the data. This has the potential to cast significant and unfair mischaracterizations on a company or, perhaps, entire industries without moving closer to the shared goal of worker safety.
The NAM is committed to defending the rights of manufacturers and their employees and fighting changes to our labor law system that undermine employer-employee relations.

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The proposed regulation from the Department of Labor is another roadblock for manufacturers that will create more uncertainty, bureaucracy and inject politics into the contracting process. The growing regulatory burden is already a significant hurdle for those wishing to do business with the government, and this new regulation is a solution in search of a problem. There are already procedures in place to achieve the goals of this regulation without establishing a new federal bureaucracy and manufacturers call on the Administration to rescind this proposed rule.

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Shortening the time frame before an election robs employees of the ability to gather the facts they need to make an important and informed decision like whether or not to join a union and denies employers adequate time to prepare. It is critical that this rule be eliminated before it does serious and lasting harm in the workplace.

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NAM in the News

  • 08/05/2015
    Companies May Face New Disclosures About CEO Pay (CBS News)
    "The industry arguments for a repeal of the proposal include the cost of compliance and the stance by the NAM that manufacturers and other non-financial companies "had nothing to do with the financial crisis."
  • 07/30/2015
    Court Upholds NLRB Union-Organizing Rule (The Wall Street Journal)
    "National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly said the ruling jeopardizes “not only an employer’s time to prepare, and an employee’s ability to make an informed decision, but also the protection of private, personal information."
  • 02/26/2015
    NAM in the News: West Coast Ports
    A summary of NAM mentions in the media regarding the potential West Coast Ports shutdown and contract negotiations.

Press Releases

  • 12/16/2015
    Looking for Leadership on Labor Issues
    This year manufacturers have seen executive orders, proposed regulations and NLRB decisions in attempts to“fix” our labor system, but instead these actions have created more bureaucracy and hurdles for employers,...
  • 07/28/2015
    Overtime Proposal Misses the Mark
    On July 6, the Department of Labor proposed a new income threshold to determine who would be eligible to receive overtime pay. The current threshold of $23,660 a year, or...
  • 12/02/2014
    Supreme Court To Consider Pregnancy Accommodation Case
    Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case Peggy Young v. United Parcel Services, Inc. where the Court will examine the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and consider “whether, and...
  • 12/05/2013
    The Great Labor Debate?
    Day Two here in Houston at the Reinvesting in American Manufacturing conference where the opening topic, “The Great Labor Debate,” sparked no debate at all.  Some experts insist that the...
  • 12/28/2012
    Manufacturers Welcome Progress to Avoid Port Strike, Urge Parties to Swiftly Come to a Final Agreement
    Manufacturers welcomed the news this morning that the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) have agreed to a 30-day extension to resolve their differences to avoid...